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JEN MUNNERLYN FEBRUARY 2010 ACS, ABU DHABI

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Here comes Carrie!


As you know, Carrie reading and writing experiences is the conduct more intensive training for the
goal. Reading and Writing Vertical Teams.
Ekey is coming this
month. KG2-Grade 5 teachers will
meet with Carrie to think about Everybody knows Carrie!
She will be working with all grade- I worked
how to use our instructional with her in Shanghai an
level teachers from KG1- Grade 5. d Laura did
aides to increase student so in Denver. Although she
Lone will send out a schedule of these has an
learning. As a school we are very international presence, she
meetings. I realize taking time away was
lucky to have TAs in every grade level. most recently consulting
from your kids is stressful, however in New
However, knowing exactly how to
having a consultant like Carrie here for York.
utilize these highly-skilled ladies in our
an entire week allows us to really dig in
classrooms, on a daily basis, can be
and work through some important
difficult to pin down. Carrie will be Representatives from these teams will
topics.
giving us ideas for using TA support in share with the grade levels what is
KG1 is moving to a full day Reading and Writing Workshop. accomplished and learned.
and will be using a new program The Reading and Writing Teams W h a t E l e p h a n t ? Wo r d
called Creative Curriculum. This
will work with Carrie on using Study!!! We are ready to begin
program will allow KG1s work in
the Developmental Continuums. thinking about Word Study and where
literacy to flow directly into the types of
Although all the teachers will be part of we c a n g o w i t h b e s t p r a c t i c e
skills and philosophies we use with our the discussions about using the approaches in the future. Carrie will
Reading and Writing Workshops and
developmental continuums, assessment offer some general hints, tips and
Continuums. Exposing our new “full-
notebooks and student notebooks in guidelines for teams and especially for
dayers” to an environment rich in
our full-staff meetings (Monday and the WS Team who will have their first
print, authentic literature, and plenty of
Wednesday, Feb. 22 and 24), Carrie will meetings with me in April.

ES TEAM: Heather, Laura, How Exciting!


These five ES teachers, myself, and three MS
Farah, Nandita, and Alison teachers will be attending for ACS!
Collaborative Goals
AT A GLANCE-
K-2 and 3-5 A few of the FEBRUARY MEETINGS WITH JEN
We have had our first set of
collaborative goal meetings. This
work, aimed at helping us practice DATE MEETING TIME
using protocols to examine student
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY KG2 DRA DURING
data, is important to the identified
10TH ANALYSIS COMMON
next steps of the school. So far,
PLANNING
both groups have found the TIME
protocols useful in pushing their
thinking further. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3-5 WRITING 3:30-4:30
10TH CELEBRATION
Of course, as with any new (AND PROTOCOL)
undertaking, this process will be FOR UNIT 3
reviewed, refined and tweaked to
ensure we get the most out of every SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 - RR SESSION 9 FIRST
PD DAY SESSION OF
meeting.
PD DAY
At this point though, I
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 - K-2 GOAL: PM LAST
celebrate two things:
PD DAY ANALYSIS SESSION OF
1. We are continuing the PD DAY
collaborative work which has
FEBRUARY 21-25: CARRIE KG1-5 SEE
been one of the most influential EKEY HERE SCHEDULE
sources for learning this year.
(According to many of the ERD
Surveys.)

2. We are digging into data.


Although it might not seem like Be sure to see the ES Meetings Q3
much, it is a solid start. Document Lone will send out.

EARLY RELEASE DAYS


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Early Release Days are important After our last Regie Routman
professional development session KG2-5 teachers were asked to
opportunities for teachers. Here is a link complete a survey about the
to a post at the National Staff Development effectiveness of ERDs. The results of the
Counsel’s blog: http://www.nsdc.org/ survey will be discussed at the next RR
learningBlog/post.cfm/fixing-pd-s-respect- session, February 14.
problem If you read it, let me know what you
Thank you for taking the survey! :-)
think.